The air castle in the picture is actually a tea house, bulit in Chino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

The tea house is built atop two chestnut trees, cut from a nearby mountain and transported to the site, and is accessible only by free-standing ladders propped against one of the trees. The building’s own is Fujimori, who designed and built the whole house.

Castle in the air
Tea House in air


Castle in the air
In order to reach the room, the guests must climb up the freestanding ladders propped up against one of the two chestnut trees supporting the whole structure.

Castle in the air
Close up of the air tea house

The interior is covered with plaster and bamboo mats. Shoes are taken off at the midway point. Once inside the room, which is padded simply with plaster and bamboo mats, the architect’s adventurous spirit gives way to the serenity more suited to the purpose of making tea and calming one’s mind.

Castle in the air
The room displays a large window that frames the perfect bird’s eyes’ view of the town
Castle in the air
The trees used to support the house
Castle in the air
Fujimori - the owner of the tea house in air

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